The Howler Monkey Hotel is located in the town of Cabuya, on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, 2 km from the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve and 6 km from Montezuma in Costa Rica. You can get there by a combination of air, bus or car. The following directions are a few of the options available:
Once in Costa Rica, you can take a domestic flight from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (Alajuela, a suburb of San José) or the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (Liberia) to the Tambor Domestic Airport on the Nicoya Peninsula. Tambor is 45 minutes from Cabuya and the Howler Monkey Hotel.
From the Tambor Airport you can take a taxi to Cabuya. This will cost approximately $50 US. Taxis are usually awaiting arrivals or you can rent a vehicle from the airport.
A Transportes Cóbano bus ($15 US) leaves the new Terminal Central de San José 7-10 located at the corner of Avenida 7 and Calle 10, on the north side of downtown San José, diagonal to the former Líbano cinema twice daily (6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.). Reservations are not available, so arrive early to buy your tickets. You can buy your bus tickets on the 3rd floor of the bus terminal.
If you are at the Juan Santamaria International Airport, you can wait at the Puente de Villa Bonita (Villa Bonita Bridge). The bus will stop there 20 minutes or so after the departure time in San José, so you do not need to go downtown to catch it. Just be aware that this location is not an official bus stop and is located on a busy road and not pedestrian friendly.
The bus will head to Puntarenas, and then to the ferry. There, you will get off the bus and walk onto the ferry. You can leave your luggage inside, since the bus will drive onto the ferry. The ferry goes from Puntarenas to Paquera, and will then make a few stops to let people off on the way to Cóbano. From there it is a short drive to Montezuma (10-15 minutes).
If you arrive in Montezuma later than 4:15 p.m. you will need to take a taxi ($14 US) from the centre of Montezuma to Cabuya.
|Phone numbers:||506-2642-1112/1117 (Cóbano) or 506-2221-7479 (San José)|
|Address in San José:||La terminal de buses de San Carlos, 500 mts Norted et la Iglesia de la Merced, Calle 12 Entre Avenida 7 y 9|
|San José||6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.|
|Montezuma||5:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.|
|Santa Teresa||5:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.|
|Cóbano||6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.|
The trip by car will take approximately 4 to 5 hours from either San José or Liberia. It is a good idea to rent a local GPS with your rental vehicle, and bring a good map of Costa Rica. And be aware the Nicoya Peninsula is notorious for its unpaved roads and potholes. A solid four-wheel-drive is quite useful.
Gas stations are few on the Nicoya Peninsula. On the southern peninsula where the Howler Monkey Hotel is located, there is one gas station in Paquera, two more in Cóbano and another one near Santa Teresa.
|Puntarenas to Paquera||Paquera to Puntarenas|
|5:00 a.m.||5:30 a.m.|
|9:00 a.m.||9:00 a.m.|
|11:00 a.m.||11:00 a.m.|
|2:00 p.m.||2:00 p.m.|
|5:00 p.m.||5:00 p.m.|
|8:30 p.m.||8:00 p.m.|
The Howler Monkey Hotel strives to make your stay as pleasant as possible. It would be our pleasure to be part of your Costa Rica family vacation. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 506-2642-0303 to make a reservation.